Peer Leadership

Supporting our core belief that there should be “Nothing About Us Without Us”.

The peer movement, born in the late 70’s and early 80’s birthed the idea of the value of lived experience and the idea that peers could provide supports and services. The movement recognized advocacy for the rights of individuals with lived experience of mental health and substance use issues as a civil rights and social justice movement. We have this movement to thank for the developing Peer Specialist profession, emerging in ever increasing settings within our communities. Without the development of peers as leaders we would not have the growing numbers of peer run community supports such as peer respite facilities, peer run crisis centers, drop-in centers, first responder teams, emergency room teams and many others. PSCFL is dedicated to providing opportunities for this valued movement to continue by engaging peers in leadership development.

Peer and Recovery Education and Resources

Since 2016, we have trained thousands of peers, provided CEU’s to Certified Recovery Peer Specialists (CRPS) to obtain and maintain certification, shared statewide employment opportunities for peers, and promoted peer support and recovery to over numerous local, regional, and statewide events. Our events calendar is updated with trainings needed for peer and peer related professional development. Our members have access to the PLAFL course catalog with an extensive list of educational offerings in various learning formats. Additional catalog material is researched and updated regularly.

We provide information on the requirements for peers to become Florida certified Peer Specialists as well as National Certified Peer Specialists. Through our Partner National Technical Assistance Center, Doors to Wellbeing, we also provide links to certification information nationally, where available and provided https://copelandcenter.com/peer-specialists.

PSCFL members have access to the Career Center, with postings of jobs and volunteer opportunities. Members are also able to make populate their profile with their resume and make it searchable to employers.

Peer Leadership Academy of Florida (PLAFL)

PLAFL is an individualized education model for leadership development of peers in Florida’s SCN peer networks. PSCFL conducts ongoing research into educational materials available for peer development live and remote, local and national. PSCFL has compiled a course catalog of available learning materials that will be updated on an ongoing basis. PLAFL is designed to provide mentoring, support, growth and development opportunities for peers being introduced to leadership within local peer networks and their local communities.

  • Prospective participants are required to apply to participate in the PLAFL.
  • Up to 18 peers statewide will be selected annually, during the grant period, to participate.
  • Under PLAFL staff guidance, each participant will create an individual education plan based on their development level and the goals they set for their development. Attention will be given to cultural and linguistic competencies and requested accommodations. Milestones and achievements will be documented.
  • Participants will be engaged to provide mentorship to others in the program in areas of certification as well as leadership development.

Any peer who is taking an active leadership role in PSCFL or a regional or local network operating as a result of the SCN grant.

  • Individualized peer leadership development plan
  • Ongoing support and mentoring
  • Opportunities for leadership such as network, board, advisory committees, etc.
  • Preparation for Peer Specialist Certification
  • Obtaining Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from select courses

National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center

Peer Experience National Technical Assistance Center (PENTAC) is one of the 5 National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers funded by SAMHSA. Some of the organizational development components of the project include:

  • Developing and implementing technical assistance and training on the integration of peers in multiple treatment delivery settings such as crisis intervention services, certified community behavioral health clinics, hospital emergency departments and integrated care settings.
  • Developing materials and other training approaches to assist employers in hiring and retaining individuals with lived experience. Employers include State and local organizations. Providing technical assistance to employees on skill development within the occupational and financial dimensions of wellness along with exploration of entrepreneurship options.
  • Visit our PENTAC page to get more information on the technical assistance provided to develop community pillars of support.

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Peer Support Coalition of Florida, Inc. (PSCFL) is the statewide peer network dedicated to advancing peer support in Florida. If you think of Florida as a bicycle wheel, PSCFL is the hub at the center of the wheel.

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